Tough Shooting Night Hurts Women’s Basketball in Home Loss to Rhode Island
DAVIDSON, N.C. — Despite putting four scorers in double figures and Sarah Donovan recording another double-double, Davidson was unable to overcome a 28.2 percent shooting night in falling to Rhode Island 64-58 in its final regular-season home game Wednesday night inside John M. Belk Arena.
The Wildcats fell to 16-12 overall and 10-5 in A-10 play, while having their four-game win streak snapped in the series vs. the Rams (8-19, 3-12 A-10).
Cassidy Gould scored 17 points to pace the offense, followed by Donovan with her 11th double-double on 14 points and 14 rebounds. She had a career-high 10 boards on offense. Kianna Speight netted 11 points and Katie Turner had 10.
Gould swished home a three-ball to make it 57-54 with 25 seconds left to cap off a quick seven points by the ‘Cats in 23 seconds. Rhode Island though hit 8-for-8 from the free throw line in the next 12 seconds to pull away. The Rams would go 9-for-10 at the line in the closing seconds and 13-of-15 overall in the fourth quarter.
The Rams’ Davida Dale scored 19 points, including hitting eight straight free throws in the final seconds, and added 16 rebounds. Elemy Colome had 13 points off the bench and Erin Jones finished with 11.
Rhode Island ended the game shooting 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the field, while the Wildcats hit only 22-of-78 shots and were just 5-of-24 from behind the arc.
A quick 7-0 run to open the fourth quarter had Davidson up 44-43 at the 8:59 mark, but it went ice cold (0-for-9) and scored just three points over a seven-minute stretch. Rhode Island took advantage and pulled ahead with a 11-3 run to go up 54-47 and 48 seconds left.
Davidson tried to respond, scoring seven points in 23 seconds, capped off by a Gould’s three to get within three with 25 seconds.
Trailing 11-10 after the first quarter, the Wildcats would outscore the Rams 16-12 in the second quarter to go up 26-23 at the break. Turner hit a couple triples during a 12-4 run to finish out the quarter.
The Rams would then use a 13-2 run in the third quarter to go up 10 points at 43-33 with 2:27 left, forcing Davidson to play catchup the rest of the quarter.
Davidson had 23 offensive rebounds, one off its season high, and finished with a game-high 46 boards overall. It had 19 second-chance points and score 18 points off of 23 Ram turnovers.
Davidson wraps up the regular season with a big matchup vs. VCU Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m.
GAME NOTES: This was the eighth meeting all-time between both team’s women’s basketball programs dating back to Dec. 2, 1995 … the series is tied at 4-all … Davidson fell to 9-3 at home … the 11 double-doubles for Donovan matches the most since Mackenzie Latt had 11 as a freshman in 2014-15 … Davidson has had at least three double-figure scorers in 24 of the 28 games this year.